The Morphett Vale CFS brigade relies on volunteers to provide a professional fire service to our community. All members involved in the brigade volunteer their time freely without receiving payment for their services.
Our members are made up of a wide variety of people, including students, trades people, professionals, Government employees and other emergency services staff.
As a volunteer you will be working side by side other volunteers in times of emergency, you will learn new and valuable skills that will assist you in day-to-day life and in your workplace. You get to help make your community a safer place to live in and enjoy the support of the rest of your community for your efforts. All members of the service will tell you that the personal benefits they receive more than compensate for the time invested.
Recruit firefighters undergo an intensive three month training course held every Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Some of the topics covered in these training sessions include:
- Equipment familiarisation
- Working with Hoses & Branches
- Operate pumps
- Operate hydrants
- Operate ladders
- Operate fire extinguishers
- Fire ground tactics / S.O.P’s
- Numerous drills and live fire exercises
As well as completing the in-house recruit course, all new fire fighters are required to undertake the CFS ‘Basic Fire Fighting 1’ course held over a weekend. Upon successful completion of the BFF1 course the recruits graduate to become operational fire fighters in the Morphett Vale CFS.
We generally conduct an intake for new members around March/April each year. Although not essential, we prefer to recruit members who;
- Live within a 4 minute radius of the station;
- Are physically fit and healthy;
- Are able to attend our regular training on Monday evenings and some Wednesday evenings during the recruit training phase
- Are willing to respond to emergency incidents at all hours
- Are over 16 years of age
- Are able to produce 100 points of ID and pass a criminal history check
If you are interested in joining the brigade, you should visit the fire station on a Monday night and ask to speak with an Officer, they will discuss the process with you and advise you when the next intake may occur. You may be asked to provide some details so that we can add you to our waiting list.
At the completion of your training, the recruit squad will be welcomed into the brigade as fire-fighters at a graduation ceremony, attended by all of the brigade members as well as the family and friends of the recruits.
Ongoing training will continue throughout your time within the CFS, with weekly training occurring at the brigade, and additional training courses scheduled on weekends.